Brain Balancing 101: 5 Holistic Exercises Your Kids Will Love! | USA!
Is your child right brained or left brained?
Even if he or she has one dominant side, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t using their entire brain in their day to day life. And no, they don’t use just 20% of their brain’s capacity---that’s a myth!
Let's move on, shall we?
Left brained children are known to be more analytical and logical while children who are right brained are known to be more creative. And, it is true that each child has one dominant brain. But, you, as a parent can help balance your child’s brain to ensure holistic brain development.
So, what is brain balance?
According to neurologist Dr. Robert Melillo, the brain needs both of its hemispheres working together in harmony for optimal function. A balanced brain also ensures proper function of the body’s digestive and immune system and it also helps increase the child’s intellectual ability.
But, what happens if a child doesn’t have brain balance?
I have the answer to that as well!
If a child does not have brain balance, it affects the motor skills, digestive system, hormones, the child’s ability to process information, etc.
Achieving brain balance is not a difficult task, Mom and Dad! In today’s article, I will share five exercises that are easy and fun!
Get into position with feet together and arms at the side. Jump up and simultaneously raise the arms and spread the legs on the descent. Do 20 in a row followed by a 15-second rest for a total of 3 sets.
CHALLENGE: Try it with your eyes closed.
Lay flat on the floor with arms straight out above head. Hold an arm and opposite leg up for 15 seconds and then repeat for the other opposite sides.
CHALLENGE: Lift all four limbs off the floor at the same time for as long as possible (like Superman flying). The goal is to hold this position steady for 60 seconds for four sessions in a row.
Have your child sit in a chair that can spin and blindfold him/her.
Make sure that your child’s feet are off the floor.
Spin chair slowly---ideally one complete spin should take at least 60 seconds
While spinning the chair, ask your child the direction in which the chair is spinning.
When the spinning stops, ask your child if he/she is is still spinning. If the answer is yes, don’t open the blindfold until the feeling stops completely.
Let's try this tactile exercise!
Blindfold your child and have the child sit with outstretched arms and palms up.
Trace 3 random numbers between 0-9 and ask your child if he/she was able to recognize it.
Wow! Talk about an activity which works their entire body and brain! And if they enjoy it a little too much, we can send them to work when the circus comes to town! Yay, circus!
Parents and teachers, it's essential to use brain building exercises to encourage proper growth for your little one's noggin. A balanced brain is important for developing motor skills, hormones and other important things needed to be a functional human being. Try these exercises and tell us how they work out for you.